Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith Contemplates Retirement

Source: Ultimate-Guitar

It's been 33 years since the Red hot Chili Peppers released their first album. Chad Smith, drummer for the Peppers, was recently asked by podcaster Eddie Trunk on how much longer he thinks the band can continue. Smith replied, "We were riding in a van after a gig and (bassist) Flea was like, ‘How much longer do you think we do you think we should end this?’ (laughs) I was like, ‘I don’t know!’ I want to make records, I still love making records, but the touring part… I don’t know if we can continue. I mean, three of us are 54 years old -- Anthony (Kiedis, singer), me and Flea. Josh (Klinghoffer, guitarist) is 38 or 39, so he’s a young man. But I don’t know if we can continue to do the long tours -- the year, year-and-a-half we normally do. That’s a good question.”

Chad then hinted that for their next album cycle, the Chili Peppers could adopt a similar schedule as Metallica, who limit themselves to around 50 shows a year.

Smith continued, “We all have families and different things, your priorities shift a little bit. You kinda see that what’s gonna work for you maybe doesn’t necessarily work for other bands. But again, we’re just so grateful that people want to come and see us play, and we love to perform. I don’t know in the future how that’s gonna look.”



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